Youth Ed-Venture and Nature Network - Clinton Avenue Raised-Bed Community Learning Garden
In 2011, with a small grant from North Face® Student/Participants of the Youth Ed-Venture and Nature Network constructed a Community Raised-Bed Learning Garden that is built on a 12000 square foot vacant and abandoned property in our urban neighborhood.
We know that the challenges faced by children and families in some of our neighborhoods are significant. Parental unemployment, generational poverty, nutritional issues and crime all stand as barriers to our children’s’ educational success and success in life. As these challenges are often layered one on top of the other, it is clear that for many of Albany’s children it is an uphill battle.
The Youth Ed-Venture & Nature Network is committed to environmental restoration and promoting healthy, sustainable living. The Raised-Bed Community Learning Gardening Project is designed to provide the youth with healthy food, “green” summer youth employment and opportunities to earn Service Learning credits at school.
This initiative uses urban agriculture and the power of mentorship to re-connect young city dwellers to the natural world. Our teams of outdoor educators encourage youth and their families to re-engage their curiosity and reawaken their senses in order to create lasting relationships with a sustainable natural world. We have established a mentoring program between High School students and Middle School students. Older students instruct students in the lower grades in sustainable organic gardening practices in the garden.
In 2014 the staff and volunteers of the Youth Ed-Venture and Nature Network remain passionate about inspiring learners of all ages through education that is grounded in the workings of nature. We have completed the construction of a sustainable Vermi-Composting Bin and have purchased a 550 gallon water tank. Our current plans are to construct a Rainwater Harvesting System and a Stage In the Garden Project to introduce Art and Entertainment in this natural environment.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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